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Joining Rizzo, LaHair may get start vs. lefty

Joining Rizzo, LaHair may get start vs. lefty

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Joining Rizzo, LaHair may get start vs. lefty
CHICAGO -- With the Astros scheduled to start left-handers Saturday and Sunday against the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo will be in the Cubs' lineup both days, while Bryan LaHair may get a rare start against a southpaw.

"[Rizzo] is our third hitter, and I don't see me changing that in the future," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Friday.

Rizzo possesses all the qualities the Cubs have been looking for in that spot, including someone who can deliver with runners on, whether it's moving them over or driving them in.

"You want a solid guy who can do a lot of things," Sveum said. "Obviously, home runs are nice, average is nice, but those key RBIs in the first inning are the biggest of all."

LaHair, who has moved to the outfield now that Rizzo has taken over at first base, is 3-for-35 with one home run against lefties this season, but left-handed hitters are batting .275 against J.A. Happ and .258 against Wandy Rodriguez.

"I'm thinking about it," Sveum said about starting LaHair against lefties Happ and Rodriguez. "We have to see some results. Unfortunately, the results are not real competitive. You do also need to give him a chance once in a while, especially against left-handers who have left-handed numbers that aren't very good."

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